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TUF winner and former middleweight champ Michael Bisping made it official yesterday, retiring after a long, successful career in the sport.

We all knew the end was coming, although we expected at least a “retirement fight” out of it. Oh well. Bisping accomplished so much in the cage that he’s more than earned the right to go out on his terms.

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You might even say “The Count” – who sometimes let his mouth get the better of him – ended up pretty beloved by his peers. That too is a measure of success.

Here’s some of the love showered upon Bisping when his retirement was announced.

And of course, Bisping was appreciative.